Preview: Hip-Hop Personality Sway Brings Race Relations Film To VCU Tonight

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A still from the short film "The Cycle" which looks at fear and how it contributes to violence between police and black communities.
  • A still from the short film "The Cycle" which looks at fear and how it contributes to violence between police and black communities.

Hip-hop radio personality, Sway Calloway, will visit VCU tonight with actress Kaili Turner to present their short film “The Cycle,” which examines the issue of police violence in black communities.

The free screening at the VCU Commons starts at 7 p.m. and they'll have a Q&A discussion afterward. Although the film is free, a donation of $5 is suggested.

The film is being presented by the Cheats Movement, the Afrikana Independent Film Festival, and the VCU Office of Multicultural Affairs.

"Cheats presented this film to me a few months ago. And given the history of race relations in this country and the current social climate, it seemed like a great opportunity for a meaningful community discussion," says Enjoli Moon with the festival. "Part of Afrikana's mission, aside from broadening the spectrum of imagery of people of color, is also to create safe, inclusive, and honest spaces for real dialogue that will hopefully elevate and heal our society, one heart and mind at a time. 'The Cycle' is a well-crafted film that I believe is an excellent catalyst for such change."

Here's a trailer for the film, which is told from the perspective of a New York police officer involved in the shooting of a teenager.

The filmmakers said in a release: "We set out to tell a story of one man's way of overcoming the violence in his life, and then the real world filled in the rest. Original production on this film concluded on Aug. 8, 2014. The next day Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri."

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